I was planning this post for the end of the year, but now that we’ve officially entered the Christmas Consumer Apocalypse, I may as well get it out and repeat Queen Elizabeth’s famous speech that she gave at Guildhall:

“1992 is not a year on which I shall look back with undiluted pleasure. In the words of one of my more sympathetic correspondents, it has turned out to be an Annus Horribilis.”

Yes, 2013 was pretty much Annus Horribilis. I won’t get in all the horribilis, but it’s been the worst year of my adult life. However, in spite of every hurdle that blocked my progress, I’m like one of those inflatable clown bop bags: you knock me down, I bounce right back up for another whallop. Is it a taste for masochism or persistence to keep at it with the hope that something positive will happen? I’d like to think it’s the latter.

During Annus Horribilis 2013, I’ve tried to change my fortune. I haven’t been 100 percent successful, but on the other hand, and looking at it from a another perspective, I wasn’t a dismal failure. The bottom line is that no matter how bleak things looked, I still woke up each morning and tried my best to get through the day.

And now that we’re coming the end of the year, there are some improvements. Did my decision to be more positive have an affect? I don’t know, but the day I made up my mind that I would focus on nothing but good news, the Universe smiled and gave me a break. At least that’s the way I’m looking it

Now with this ease of mind, a handful of projects that appeared daunting a month ago are not quite as challenging.

Case in point, the Scrivener experiment.

After my Powerpoint presentation last month, I contacted a writing organization that has a number of classes and proposed a Scrivener/Scapple three month class. It would include written and video tutorials. The question that came was whether this would be a one-time deal or should I offer on my own classes—both group or one-on-one session?

As I debated the question, I stumbled upon Mridu Khullar’s blog posts about her niche website experiment, which inspired me to test my own niche site. I known for quite a while via my traffic statistics that the majority of my visitors come here for the tutorials. But the original purpose of this site was supposed to be more about my misadventures with the novel and writing in general. In other words, my platform was diluted. It was becoming one of the sites where people came to learn how to use a Scrivener feature.

Secondly, I typed in some keywords and usually came up in the first two Google pages, and that was encouraging. I realize I have some pretty big competition with Gwen Hernandez, but among the writing groups I belong to on Facebook, I have a reputation for being one of the go to people who can answer Scrivener questions. So I figure why not give this a shot and dedicate a site solely for Scrivener.

And that’s what I’ve been working on these past few days. A site that will be the destination for tutorials, videos, trouble-shooting, answering Scrivener questions, as well as offering classes. My goal is to take away the fear of learning a new software in simple with easy to follow step-by-step instructions.

The new site is Simply Scrivener. I had a soft launch on Thanksgiving. The official lunch will be December 1st with a tutorial on how to create and save a Scrivener project. For those of you who are more advanced but have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me via email which can be found on the site’s contact page.